There’s a fine line between laughing and screaming, and the new horror anthology series from Image Comics–simply titled Haha–looks to drive home that point in a big way.
The scary series–focusing on professional clowns in a one-shot structure that will tell a complete story in each issue–is the brainchild of writer W. Maxwell Prince, as reported by screenrant.com.
The eerie cover of the first issue–available in comic book shops and for digital purchase Jan. 13, 2021–can be seen on this page.
Prince has already had success in the horror comic book field with his well-received Ice Cream Man series brought to life by artists Chris O’Halloran and Martin Morazzo. This series, as explained, follows the title character–a “terrifying, reality-altering consciousness”–and his supporting cast of gremlins, vultures and straightjacket-wearing dogs.
Haha, according to Image Comics, will have a revolving team of artists working on Prince’s scripts–including Vanesa R. Del Rey (Redlands) illustrating the first issue and Gabriel Walta (Vision) and Roger Langridge (Thor) waiting in the wings.
Prince said he has a very specific reason for his clown theme in Haha. “I don’t like clowns,” he said, “so I thought it’d be a good idea to write about them.” He added that it will be “a gas to get to partner with some of comics’ best to tell those ditties about a bunch of real jokers.”
Image Comics said in a statement that Haha “peeks under the Big Top, over the rainbow and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about ‘funny’ men and women–proving that some things are so sad you just have to laugh.” The company added that Haha will be rooted in horror and strong elements of black comedy, and will likely experiment with genre crossovers.
Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on the new Haha anthology and for any future horror offerings from Image Comics.